“ Brand: Sainsbury's / Type: Pasta „
I am a very big fan of pasta in general as I lead a relatively healthy lifestyle. I have recently started using wholewheat pasta instead of normal pasta. The best thing about wholewheat is that it is a healthier alternative to normal pasta. The general population think any type of pasta is good for you, correct its a great source of carbohydrate but too much can lead to excess body fat. Wholewheat pasta is a lot more appealing as it has a low GI when means the body breaks it down slower than a high GI food, this can result in a sustained energy fix. You can buy this pasta in 500g bags from your local sainsbury store for about 80p, you will generally find it is slightly more expensive than standard pasta but that is down to the quality of the product. You will get a completely different taste with wholewheat pasta compared to standard pasta as the texture is slightly harder. The pasta is brown in colour and generally takes about ten minutes to boil off, another good thing is that if overboiled the pasta doesn't become as soggy unlike your normal pasta type. You can use this pasta with all kinds of sauces, my favourite being pasta, tuna and tomatoes with a drizzle of olive oil and some beef stock, it sounds quite strange but is very tasty indeed. Wholewheat pasta can be bought in many of the top supermarkets and is worth a try, it takes a bit of getting used too but after a while you will start to get used to the taste and texture. It is a product that will be more beneficial to dieters and also sports persons due to the low GI. I most certainly will be using this as my number one choice.
I eat quite a bit of pasta but have been starting to get a bit bored of it so I thought I'd have a change and get this Wholewheat Fusilli from Sainsburys. It was £1.37 for a 1kg bag and that's about the same as white pasta so it makes sense to try this wholewheat one. It's a bit darker looking than white pasta but I still wouldn't call it brown and when you cook it it goes a bit lighter again and doesn't look all that different from the normal white fusilli I have. The spirals swell out nice while the pasta is cooking and it deffo smells different to white pasta, they take about 10 mins to cook and you just have to pour your pasta sauce or whatever on top to get a wicked looking and mega filling meal. The pasta keeps its shape nice and is delish. It goes wicked with tomato OR cheese sauce and works just the same as white pasta. I used some in a pasta bake last night with Homepride Pasta Bake Sauce and it was yummy, you can tell it fills you up a bit more than white pasta because I didn't feel hungry for AGES after I'd had the bake even though I had a bit less than usual. I reckon this is a wicked pasta to have in the cupboard, all the fibre in it makes it mega healthy and it tastes just as nice as white pasta. The only different between the taste of this and the taste of white pasta is that you can sort of taste the fiber in the pasta, a bit like how wholemeal bread always tastes a bit more HEALTHY than white bread. Recommended..... delish pasta that's nice for a change but also a bit healthier than plain white pasta. Yummy!!!
I like to have at home pasta just in case I have to cook something quickly. Although I am not Italian I have at home at least 6-7 different types of pasta. One of them is Sainsbury's fusilli. This is wholewheat pasta which has spiral form. The pieces of pasta are about 5-6 cm long when they are dry and they became larger and longer when they are cooked. The Sainsbury's own branded fusilli are available only in Sainsbury's. There are two sizes available. The 500 g pack costs 70 pence while the 1 kg pack costs 1.37 pounds. I buy the larger pack because it can be reclosed so the pasta remains fresh in the pack. It is packed in a transparent, brown-dark red and white cheap looking bag which is strong enough so I store the pasta in it after using a part of it. The wholewheat fusilli is darker in colour than the durum pasta but after cooking them their colour becomes pale. They are made of Wholemeal Durum Wheat Semolina and water. The nutritional values per 100 g are as follows: Energy: 316kcal Protein: 12.7g Carbohydrate: 61.9g Sugars: 4.0g Starch: 57.9g Fat: 2.0g Saturates: 0.4g Mono unsaturates: 0.4g Polyunsaturates: 1.0g Fibre: 10.0g Salt: 0.25g Sodium: 0.10g How to prepare it? ------------------------- You drop the pasta in the boiling salted water and pour about a tablespoon of olive oil into the water. Occasionally stir it well. Cook until they are al dente (do not overcook it). This is easy-peasy. What are they good for? I use the fusilli pasta to hot tuna salad for example. I sauté a little chopped onion on olive oil then I add the tuna chunks (without the oil) and I stir them well until the tuna is hot. Then I add as much double cream to cover the tuna and onion mix. Then I stir it until the double cream is boiling. I add some cheese to it. Usually mozzarella and extra matured cheddar. I stir them well until the cheese gets melted and the sauce is thick. I add a little ground nutmeg to it and then mix it with the cooked fusilli. It is a filling and very tasty dish. Variations: There are people who don't like tuna. In this case I would suggest chicken or any kind of vegetable. My son's favourite is to put sour cream and cheese on the top of the cooked pasta and he mixes and eats it. To sum up: wholewheat fusilli is spiral or twirl shaped pasta which is suitable for pasta salads. You can prepare very appetising pasta salads out of it. This particular pasta keeps well its shape so it is easy to work with it after cooking as well. I think choosing the wholewheat version is healthier a bit so until my sons don't complain I buy this version.
Wholewheat Pasta should be in every house holds cupboards, even more so now given the current economic climate! Its high in fibre and full of complex carbohydrate which gives it a low rating on the GI(glyycaemic index) essentially meaning it keeps you fuller for longer. Not only is it nutritionally sound it is also very affordable. You can pick up a 500g bag from sainsburys.com for 70p which at 125g per serving works out at 17.5p per portion. I am aware that you can buy the sainsbury's basics for 43p per 500g but the wholewheat version packs over 2.5 times the amount of fibre, less calories and carbs per serving. Making it the far more nutritious alternative. As for the taste wholewheat pasta is slightly more heavy than its white cousin with a harder texture but for those who like their pasta soggy a extra few minutes on the stove will rectify this. The colour is also darker both pre and post cooking. In terms of serving suggestions it works well in meat dishes such as bolognese or with a tomato based sauce both hot or cold. My particular recommendation is served with a generous drizzle of extra vigin olive oil, cracked black pepper and grated Parmesan cheese. There is little to separate the wholewheat pasta offerings by the big supermarkets in terms of taste or quality although Sainsburys whole wheat fusilli is a tad more expensive compared to Tesco, where you can buy their organic fusilli for 60p per bag. Overall a great food source for everyone.
On a recent trip to the supermarket, we picked this up instead of the usual white pasta. I was a bit sceptical at first as I'd never tasted wholewheat pasta before and wasn't sure if I'd like it but I was pleasantly surprised. ***What it looks like*** I won't go into much detail as you can get a good idea from the above product image. In short, it's quite a bit darker in colour than your typical white pasta and is the swirly/spiral kind. Once it's cooked, it seems to go slightly lighter but it's still darker than the white pasta that I'm more used to it. ***Cooking it*** The instructions suggest cooking it for 11-13 minutes and I usually find that it needs nearer to 13 minutes to look and taste fully cooked. Whenever I take a small piece out to give it the taste test at around 10 minutes, it is always still slightly hard and not particularly hot so I make sure to give it the extra 3 or so minutes and this seems to make the difference. Cooking it is just a matter of boiling a pan of water, adding the pasta and stirring every couple of minutes so that it doesn't stick to the bottom of the pan. I always have sauce on my pasta as it tends to taste quite bland without and this just involves adding some to the cooked through pasta and simmering it for a few minutes until it's fully heated up. ***What it tastes like*** Being made from wholewheat, this pasta has a slightly different taste to white pasta. Without sauce, it tastes quite bland and you can get a subtle taste of the wheat so it definitely tastes more healthy. It's rather filling and I often find that half a plate is usually more than enough (and a whole plate is far too much for me to manage!) to make me feel full.
I absolutely adore pasta and at the moment I'm on a health kick so I decided to try wholewheat pasta for a change! Being such a white pasta fan I wasn't looking forward to this but at 74p a bag I thought it would be worth a go! The Packaging.... Brown and white sections of colour are the otherwise clear plastic bag and on that there is a drawing on the pasta and then I'm told it is Sainsbury's wholewheat fusilli 'made from 100% durum wheat perfect with broccoli sauce' and the size is stated (500g in this case), I'm told it is Vegetarian & Vegan, is made in Italy, takes 13 minutes to cook and the best before date is clearly stamped on too. Other information on the bag tells me a little bit about the product, a serving suggestion is given, I'm told how to cook it and store it and contact details for Sainsbury's are given. It has a label to the top of the bag which reseals after use. It's an ok bag thought the resealable tab to the top of it is made of paper and therefore flimsy and mine never worked so I emptied it into a plastic container! A Bit About The Product According To The Back Of The Bag... In Italy, all pasta shapes are identified buy a name and number. This product is 'Fusilli 98'. The number is unique to the mould that is used to shape the pasta and allows Italian consumers to know exactly which pasta they are buying. How To Cook It.... Allow 50-75g of pasta per person for a starter, 75-100g for a main course. Place pasta in saucepan of boiling water (1 litre of water per 100g pasta). Add salt to taste and boil for 11-13 minutes stirring occasionally. When pasta is cooked, strain immediately, without draining off all the cooking water to avoid sticking. The Pasta.... Almost translucent dark golden brown in colour 'twists' with some dark speckled brown specks scattered through the pasta. It is dried of course, about an inch in length and possesses no smell to it at all. I cook it according to the cooking instructions given (the full 13 minutes) and it cooks really well in that time. It of course becomes a brownish coloured pasta and doubles in size, still possesses no smell and looks well formed. It doesn't break up through cooking or scum and usually I would rinse and drain freshly cooked pasta before consuming it but with this it appears 'clean' enough to eat it without doing that. It is important to salt the water to bring out some flavour in it as it is delicate in flavour. It doesn't taste of much really and does have a slightly harder consistency to it than my usual white pasta choices which makes it a little more chewy and whole lot more filling due of the fact. I like this pasta alot however. It sort of tastes healthy and fresh really, it looks good and is great eaten alone or in sauce because like I say it does look appetizing due to holding it's shape well and tastes ok but it particularly nice in sauces. This is a nice healthy alternative to white pasta and I will definitely buy it again and again! Allergy Advice.... Contains: Wheat, Gluten. Nutritional Information Per 90g Serving (Dry Weight).... Energy: 284 Kcal Protein: 11.4g Carbohydrate: 55.7g of which is sugars: 3.6g of which is starch: 52.1g Fat: 1.8g of which is saturates: 0.4g of which is mono-unsaturates: 0.4g of which is polyunsaturates: 1.0g Fibre: 9.0g Salt: 0.2g of which is sodium: less than 0.1g Only available in Sainsbury's and this 500g bag cost me 74p and it's also available in a 1kg size costing £1.45.